Make your own popular fashion mirror
It can be so daunting to fall in love with a trending item only to find it costs a small fortune. Let’s dive into some products and techniques that will transform your basic mirror into the DIY Parisian style mirror of your dreams!
- Basic Arc Mirror
- Glue gun
- Hair dryer
- Gold spray paint
- Industrial strength adhesive
- Raw umber acrylic paint
- Mod Podge Mat
- Gilding wax
- WoodUBend trim
- Decorative wooden sconces
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The first step: To start, we need to untangle our filling. Use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the bendable wood molding. Once hot, the stiff filling will become flexible and malleable. Just untangle it to make it easier to paint. Be careful, once hardened, it can be quite tricky!
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Second step : To get that realistic gold gold look, we’re going to have to start with a base coat of gold spray paint. Place all of your sconces and trim in a large cardboard box and apply 1-2 coats of spray paint to them in a well-ventilated area.
Third step: Once your sconces are dry, place them on the mirror. After finding the perfect placement, use an industrial strength adhesive to glue them in place. (TIP: You can use a few dollops of hot glue to help secure the appliques while the adhesive cures!)
Fourth step: Again, heat up your bendable wood trim and begin attaching it to the rest of the mirror frame using the industrial adhesive and a dab of hot glue. Allow the adhesive to cure completely before continuing.
Fifth step: Now for the fun part! Mix Matte Mod Podge and Acrylic Paint in Raw Umber in a 1:1 ratio to create a glaze. It will get worse before it gets better!
Sixth step: Working in sections, apply a generous coat of glaze over your appliqués and trim, making sure to work it deep into the crevices. Before it has a chance to dry, take a paper towel and wipe away most of the glaze, leaving a shadow of color in the recessed areas of the molding. Let it dry.
Seventh step: Finally, we’re going to add another coat of color to get that glam gold finish. Take your gilding wax and, using a stiff brush and a light application, apply it to the raised areas of the molding and trim. This last detail really kicks the gold up a notch!
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Eighth step: This luxury mirror (without the price!) is the perfect focal point for a hallway, powder room or above a vanity! Really, anywhere that could use a touch of elegant charm. Where are you going to style it?
Images courtesy of Courtney Ryall.